Asian beauty products seem to have burst onto the scene in recent years — from blotting papers, to BB and CC creams, to sheet masks. The good news is that fans of Asian skincare products can now find some of their favourite brands on shelves in Canada.
For women in Asia, a skincare regimen is something not to be skipped or rushed through. It’s a good lesson for all of us that no matter how busy we may get, we should always take some time out at the beginning and end of our day to do something good for ourselves.
To treat your skin right, here are five of my favourite skin-pampering products from Asia…
The Face Shop Rice Water Cleansing Oil
In Asia, oil cleansers are a must-have in a cleansing ritual. The oil cleanses deep into skin to remove sebum, bacteria, and makeup without drying out skin. The effectiveness of The Face Shop’s Cleansing Oil comes from the detoxifying moringa oil, which helps draw out impurities while keeping skin soft and hydrated.
Skinfood Black Sugar Mask
Give this little wonder just 10 minutes, and you’ll notice an almost immediate difference. The black sugar in this mask contains nourishing minerals, glycolic acid, and vitamins to remove oil and slough off dead skin. Gently massage this mask onto your face, focusing on your T-zone, where impurities tend to build up. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes before rinsing off.
Tony Moly Kiss Kiss Lovely Lip Patch
I’m a constant offender when it comes to neglecting my lips. That’s what I love about the Tony Moly Lip Patch — there’s no forgetting to take care of your lips with this fun-to-use targeted lip mask. Just press on lips to suction the mask into place, and afterwards you’ll notice smoother lips and a definite reduction in the appearance of lines.
Mizon All-in-One Snail Repair Cream
Part of the appeal of Asian beauty products is that they can be a little unconventional. Case in point: the Mizon Snail Repair Cream, which contains 92% snail extract. The extract contains antibacterial properties, making it great for reducing acne scarring and clearing up blemishes. You can use this cream as a spot treatment, but it’s even better as an all over face cream for healthy, clearer skin.
Racinne Ultimate Youth Power Serum
In case you haven’t noticed, South Koreans often have unrealistically flawless skin. Call it a positive stereotype or blame it on the fact that the country is the plastic surgery capital of the world (true story), but they are a beautiful people. One of South Korea’s best kept skincare secrets, Racinne, has finally made its way to Canadian shores. If you feel like your face is always looking tired, wrinkled, and dry (um, isn’t that everybody?), you have to check out their Ultimate Youth Power Serum. The potent ginseng callus formula helps protect the dermus’ moisture barrier while regenerating skin cells — effectively reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while giving your skin that K-pop star glow.
AmorePacific Cushion Compact
As soon as you open this compact, you’ll notice this isn’t your typical foundation. That’s because it is infused into a sponge-base that you apply using a smooth-surfaced pad. The special design ensures even, streakless coverage, which leaves skin looking hydrated, dewy, and glowing.
What are some of your favourite beauty imports from Asia? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.